Monday, April 15, 2013

Obsessions: Musicals

This is the beginning of a long on-going series about my various obsessions.  Whatever they may be at the time.

One obsession that I have always had, and hope to keep, is that of musicals.

I'd like to think that I inherited that wonderful trait from my grandmother.  She was always a huge fan of them and always sang along.  She also had an amazing voice.

I think one of the reasons why I love them so much is because they tell a story.  And I also grew up watching Disney movies.  Those are ALL basically musicals.

A few of my all-time favorites that I will always sing at the top of my lungs are:

My Fair Lady
Audry Hepburn is amazing.  Although, I also equally adore the Broadway version with Julie Andrews (AND Rex Harrison).  I love the music, the lyrics, the sassy-ness, and the humor.  SUCH a great musical.


I LOVE love LOVE Wicked.  I can't believe it took me four years to go see it (okay, I know, because it's money), but my aunt went to see this in Seattle and bought me the soundtrack.  I fell in love.  It may have something to do with liking the Wizard of Oz already, but whatever.  It's an amazing musical to see live.

Les Miserables
Both the original Broadway version (I only have the London Broadway version) and the movie soundtrack are my favorite.  I jumped on this train only right before the movie came out.  Shame on me.  But, Nick was a fan of it way before the movie came out so that counts as something, right?
PS.  I just might be listening to this while typing out this post...

Sound of Music
I just have a mad crush on Julie Andrews.  Sidenote: her voice came on during the fireworks show in Disneyland and I swear she has the voice of dreams and happiness.  I want a soundtrack of just her reading to me and giving me motivating and inspiring advice.  It'd be fantastic.

Phantom of the Opera
I still have yet to see this live, but I did watch the live version that's on Netflix (GO SEE IT!).  I thoroughly enjoy trying to sing along with this one and watching Gerard Butler sing as the phantom.  Ahhhhhh...

Of course I could add a million more.  My honorary mentions have to be: The Music Man, Wizard of Oz, Chicago, and Singing in the Rain.

What are your favorites?


  1. My Fair Lady and Phantom of the Opera are probably my top two favorites. I love the cleverness of the lyrics in My Fair Lady, and I have the soundtrack to the Phantom of the Opera. I have to say, though, my siblings and I liked mocking how girly whats-his-name (Raul? the boyfriend) looked and acted throughout the movie. :P We were mean.

  2. AH I love this post! I have never seen Wicked...I really really need to! And with that big batch of free records I got a couple weeks ago was the My Fair Lady soundtrack!! And then this weekend I found the Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack at the thrift store!! I think those are my two favorites...My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof. :)

  3. HAHA we really did write opposite posts today!! But the funny thing is you mentioned my favorite musicals. Singing in the Rain is my favorite. That is the kind of musical I adore. And My Fair Lady!!! I grew up watching that and Sound of Music (don't EVEN get me started on my Julie Andrews love affair). I love Phantom, too. But unfortunately the same thing happened with that as Les Mis....the songs were ALL I heard in high school, which made me go from loving it to almost hating it. But I still love it. Those songs!!!

    Ok, so maybe I don't hate musicals as much as I said I did? I also love Oklahoma, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Fiddler on the Roof.

    Crap. Maybe I love them.

  4. Also, The Producers! That movie made me laugh so hard.

  5. I've been wanting to see Wicked for so long! My Aunt (and my grandma was way before she had kids) is a professional opera singer, so I have seen my fair share of live performances when I was younger. Phantom has always been one of my faves!

  6. I was totally obsessed with My Fair Lady and Sound of Music when I was a kid! I've got them on DVD now too and like to watch them when it's a grey kind of day or if I'm feeling a bit down. They always make me smile :)

  7. I want to see Wicked SO BADLY. I read the book a few years ago and it was amazing. I imagine the musical is just as amazing.


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